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Tire Buildup Draws Penalty
Wilmington, DE— Department of Natural Resources and Environmental
Control Secretary John A. Hughes issued a Notice of Conciliation and
Administrative Penalty Order to Magnus Environmental Corp. for violations
of Delaware's laws and regulations governing solid waste. The Order
assesses a penalty of $25,000 that will be suspended if the company
fulfills all requirements of the Order. Otherwise, the penalty will
be due within 30 days of the Department's notice that the Order has
Magnus Environmental Corporation of Wilmington, Delaware owns and operates
a scrap tire processing facility that shreds whole tires to produce
an end product known as Civil Engineering Material or CEM that is suitable
and beneficial for commercial uses. Magnus is the only such tire recycling
facility in Delaware.
The company is cited for the accumulation of whole tires in violation
of a solid waste recycling approval from DNREC that forbids outside
stockpiling of either feedstock (whole tires) or of the end product.
According to the Order, stockpiling of tires constitutes a fire hazard,
a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes and is unsightly. Magnus
is also cited for continuing to operate the tire recycling facility
after its DNREC approval expired.
The timetable for removal of stockpiles requires removal of one third
of the prohibited material within 90 days; a second third within 180
days; and the final third within 270 days.
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